Until the age of about 19, it didn’t actually occur to me that I was allowed to buy high-end makeup as ridic as it sounds. The makeup from those beautiful counters in John Lewis I was always told not to touch in case I broke something, was exclusively for celebs and ‘grown ups’.
So why would I even bother looking? I was neither of these things. Plus why pay over £20 for mascara when you could be spending £7.99? That’s a whole £12.01 that could be spent buying vodka and a drunken mayo chicken.
However, one of my little resolutions at the beginning of the year was to invest in quality rather than quantity when it came to my makeup. Products that worked well, that didn’t run out after 3 and a half uses and that I would be devastated if I dropped.
YSL Double Wear Foundation – RRP £33.50
This is an absolute cult classic, and I really really did not want to get on board and rant and rave about it. BUT HOLY GUACAMOLE IT’S A-M-A-ZING.
I have never been able to find a foundation that matches my skin tone, it’s always too yellow or too pink. So I either look like I’m sweating or have jaundice, either way I’d rather not. So I wondered into John Lewis, saw the gigantic colour range and thought ‘stuff it’.
5 minutes later the lovely lady at the counter is colour matching me, and puts a sample on my jaw. Now, when I say it was the perfect match I’m for once not actually being dramatic. It blended seamlessly into my skin, and 1N1 Ivory Nude walked into my life.
If I was to summarise in 4 words; my skin but perfect.
I have no blemishes, I have no eye bags, I have no discolouration, and best of all? It stays that way, there’s absolutely no budging or creasing once it’s on.
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Sparkle Eyeshadow Stick – RRP £23.00
The formulation is so creamy and buttery, they just glide onto your lid, blend out the edges and bam. SPARKLE.
This is the perfect piece for anyone who wants a bit of glitz but it a bit of an eyeshadow novice. It couldn’t be simpler, and the results are out of this world.
They are pure glitter, pure extra and they have stolen my heart.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick – RRP £24.00
I know. 24 English pounds for a lipstick is enough to make your insides shrivel, especially as more often than not in winds up around your glass or on your teeth.
However, Charlotte is a goddess and has blessed us all with the perfect lipstick.
I picked up Pillow Talk (like the original trend setter I am) on a whim, mainly because the packaging is dreamy and I wanted to have one classic blogger item. Ain’t no one got a Gucci belt and is also able to eat #priorities.
And discovered that there is a lipstick I don’t have to wear lipbalm underneath or on top and my lips don’t turn into a cats bum.
I CAN WEAR THIS LIPSTICK COMPLETELY SOLO AND IT DOESN’T CRACK.
It doesn’t dry my lips out, it doesn’t crack, it doesn’t even wear off or bleed throughout the day. It’s honestly a modern day miracle.
I don’t know what sorcery it is, and I don’t need to know. There’s so many other colours that I need to give a forever home to.